ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to ensure transparent and impartial investigation into Karachi plane crash.
“All facts and details of the investigation will be made public. He directed that reports of the past accidents should also be made public so that the people could know the facts,” the prime minister said while chairing a meeting in Islamabad in which he was briefed about the progress made so far in the investigation of the passenger plane incident.
He said that no effort should be spared to bring the facts to the fore.
Imran Khan said that compensation amount should be given to the bereaved families of martyred passengers as well as a package was prepared for those whose properties and houses were damaged in the incident.
Terming Karachi plane crash as a major tragedy, he said, “We share the grief of the bereaved families at this difficult hour.”
The PM directed the civil aviation, PIA and other relevant institutions to take steps towards making the air travel safe.
Addressing a media briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar said provisional investigation report of PIA airplane crash will be put before the cabinet and public on June 22.
He said investigation process will be free, fair and transparent and without any influence. He said the report will not give reprieve to any person responsible for the incident.
He said investigation board has the authority to include any stakeholder during investigation. The Minister said recorders for voice conversation and data have been recovered which will be taken to France by an Airbus team for decoding and further analysis.
Ghulam Sarwar said fifty one bodies have been identified so far after their DNA tests were held and handed over to their relatives. He said remaining bodies are in various morgues and are being DNA tested. He said the government will give a compensation of one million rupees to relatives of each deceased. He said the insurance money will be in addition to this amount.
The Minister said he held teleconference with PIA management immediately after the plane crash. He said team of Airbus reached Karachi on 26th of this month.
He said 12 to 15 houses were badly damaged when the plane hit them. He said 97 out of 99 people were martyred in the accident.